- Fight To The Finish!
Jack sure had a way of drawing an upcoming knuckle dusting that made you wish you were standing nearby to witness it. This is definitely true in his work for the short lived Boys Ranch series he did with Joe Simon for Harvey Comics in late 1950/Early 1951. The book was meant to play off of two genres popular at the time: Kid Gangs and Cowboy Books. But it didn’t quite work out so great...
After three issues of all Kirby/Simon the publisher went in a different direction and brought in illustrator Mort Meskin to handle most of the art details. Kirby still contributed all the covers for issues 4,5 and 6... as well as splash pages like this one here. But the first three issues of the series were magical under Kirby/Simon and the last 3 leave you wanting more of that..
This splash appears in #Issue4
of Boys Ranch which was published in April of 1951. The story was entitled “The Bugle Blows at Bloody Knife” and shows some members of the Boys Ranch crew (Clay, Dandy and Wabash) squaring off between some Calvary soldiers and Indian braves. It’s a foreboding and dangerous image... one that resonates with action. And it’s a start contrast to the rest of Meskin’s pedestrian art in the Issue.
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